The Rotunda of the U. S. Capitol houses many grand paintings depicting crucial moments in American history. These works bring American history to life and remind all who stop to look at them of our nation’s rich heritage. As a Congressional intern, I had the enjoyable job of leading Capitol tours and attempting to explain the importance of these historical scenes to visitors. On the northwestern wall hangs my personal favorite among the paintings. It does not feature the Signing of the Declaration, nor the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, nor a military victory in the Revolutionary War, though those are all worthy subjects. Continue reading
Baal and Ashtoreth are referenced frequently throughout the Bible; I have known their names ever since I can remember. These gods were integral to the Canaanite culture of long ago. Indeed, worship of them and other false deities was certainly a common Old Testament sin. Naturally then, in answer to the question above, my 8 year old self might have answered: “Of course not—that is so BC!” Continue reading
Thinking that it sounded fun, I registered last winter for a college course entitled “Symbolic Logic (MTH 303).” I had expected a Junior-level math course, even one so harmlessly christened, to pose a challenge, but it was more grueling than I could have guessed – cruelly so, even, because after every unbearable homework problem had been resolved, all one could think was, “Oh – of course. Obviously. How could I not have seen that? Ugh.” We couldn’t even sympathize with our yesterselves.
(Math, incidentally, is only tangential to this post, and an understanding thereof even moreso. Non-math folks, please hang in there.)
As it turned out, Continue reading
On several websites recently, but especially on Facebook, I have seen “shares” from a group called NOH8, which apparently is an abbreviation for “No Hate.” According to the website, their mission statement is this: “The NOH8 Campaign is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.” I find three things very interesting about the group, and would like to analyze them a little further.
The first thing I noted which I found interesting is the fact that many of the “shares” I was seeing from the group on Facebook showed celebrities in the photos. Continue reading
I’m afraid I have some bad news. The United States of America was not established by God as a second Israel. The Constitution, as wonderful as (most of) it is, was not written by a divine hand on stone tablets. America is not mentioned in the Bible in any special way, whether by name or implication. I hope that doesn’t put a damper on your Independence Day celebrations. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the issues of America and the struggle for justice or righteousness in our government, and to forget that we who are Christians have another citizenship: the Kingdom of Heaven. Furthermore, our heavenly citizenship takes precedence; the United States will eventually be conquered and fall, either by outside forces or by its own corruption. America is temporary, and the only eternal significance it really has is as one of thousands of the nations that will recognize Christ upon His return and His resurrection. This necessarily informs how those of us who are Christians choose to involve ourselves with the affairs of this nation, including its politics.
So what does it mean to be a Christian who is also a citizen of the United States? Continue reading